What’s now Arkansas’ Independent Colleges & Universities was founded in March 1954 as the Arkansas Foundation of Associated Colleges. It began as a sort of “United Way” for the state’s private colleges and universities but has since evolved into an organization that also provides extensive governmental affairs and public affairs support for its 11 member institutions. In July 2019, Andy Goodman became the AICU president after serving as legislative director for Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. The … …more

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Hendrix to Host Pulitzer Prize Winner Douglas Blackmon ’86 in September for Conversation on Dismantling Racism

Hendrix College

Hendrix College welcomes alumnus, writer, and filmmaker Douglas A. Blackmon for “Dismantling Racism: Embracing a New Tomorrow,” Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, in the Student Life and Technology Center on the Hendrix campus. The event is free to all, with in-person attendance available to the on-campus Hendrix community and remote participation open to the public. Reservations are required for both in-person and remote attendees. Blackmon’s keynote address begins at 10 a.m. and is followed by a … …more

Lyon College announces communications studies major

Lyon College

Lyon College has approved the addition of a communications studies major. The new field of study will be a broad-based major that prepares students for a variety of careers in journalism, business, public relations, marketing, news broadcasting, public administration, politics and more. Provost Melissa Taverner said communications studies will build off of the College’s journalism concentration to offer a curriculum that also includes theories of persuasion and mass communication and explores the role of technology … …more

Lyon unveils new loan repayment assistance program for future graduates

Lyon College

Does your college help you pay off your student loans? Lyon is the first college in Arkansas to offer a loan repayment assistance program (LRAP), also known as the Lyon Pledge, to all new and incoming students starting with the fall 2021 semester.  New and incoming students must sign up before the first day of classes on Tuesday, August 17. “We want to show our conviction that graduates of Lyon College receive a quality education … …more

Philander Smith College Student J’Nya Thompson is selected as 2021 White House HBCU Scholar

Philander Smith College

Philander Smith College is pleased to announce that J’Nya Thompson, a junior criminal justice major from Dallas, Texas, is a 2021 White House HBCU Scholar. Thompson will participate as part of the eighth cohort of scholars selected for this prestigious honor by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The program recognizes 86 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students for their accomplishments in academics, leadership, civic engagement and much more.  “The HBCU Scholars … …more